By Staff Writer | March 21, 2012
A Turkish Armed Forces Sikorsky helicopter crashed into a residential area in Afghanistan on March 16, killing all 12 people on board, plus four Afghan civilians on the ground. According to the Turkish military, the helicopter and its crew were tasked to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on a mission for U.S.-NATO-led forces in the area, when it went down outside Kabul. ISAF released a statement, saying that the cause of the was under investigation but that “initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.” A second Turkish helicopter was also flying in the area, but landed without incident. Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke to reporters and stated that helicopter appeared to have crashed while making an emergency landing. According to witnesses on the ground, the helicopter clipped one house and crashed into another.
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